Milford, Ohio – On August 21, Milford School Superintendent John Spieser announced that the District needed to delay the start of the school year for one week. The first day of school for all Milford students (either learning In-Person or in Eagle Online) will be Monday, August 31.

In announcing the delay, Spieser said, “We know this delay will be an inconvenience for our families. However, it is the right thing to do at this time for our students and our staff. Our entire staff has been working diligently to open school, but with the challenges COVID presents, some things have proven to need more time than estimated. Things we thought would come together have not yet, and we need the additional time.”

Spieser said that giving school staff an extra week to prepare will help “tremendously”. “An extra week will give us more time to finalize student schedules.

Elementary children, both for In-Person and Eagle Online, received their teacher assignments last week. Junior High and High School students, both for In-Person and Eagle Online, will receive their schedules this weekend.

Spieser said that the delay will also give the Transportation Department more time to finalize routes.

Once parents finalized their decision August 7, the District originally implemented a “freeze period” until the end of the first two weeks of school, not allowing any switches between learning plans. Yet, to accommodate the various needs of families, they did allow parents to switch their children from attending in person to attending online. Spieser said, “We over burdened ourselves by the number of requests we committed to accommodate, which then impacted teacher assignments and student schedules significantly. We can no longer accommodate requests to switch from in person to online until September 14.”

This delay does not impact extra-curricular or athletics; those will continue as scheduled.

The first day of school was originally scheduled for Monday, August 24.

Parents/students have the choice between In-Person Learning and Eagle Online Learning. Students who are learning In-Person are learning in the buildings daily with safety protocols in place. Students who are learning in Eagle Online do not attend in-person, they learn through our online program delivered by Milford teachers.